There is much excitement about wearable devices like Google Glass and fitness bands these days, but how do we make sense of whether this is a fad or the “next big thing” in technology? Are these devices we strap to our bodies really changing our behaviors or are they complicating social etiquettes? Join us as Jason LaFollette and Ben McGinnis of Citrrus tell us what we need to know about the current—and future—state of wearable tech.
Jason LaFollette is the Founder & CEO of Citrrus—a mobile consulting agency just outside of Washington DC. Under his leadership, the Citrrus team is well on their way to mastering mobile-connected devices in 2014 and are already seeing early wins with new wearable startup clients.
Ben McGinnis is the Chief Operating Officer at Citrrus. Born 3 months after the first Macintosh computer came out, he has made Apple Computers and new tech the backbone of his life’s work. At Citrrus, Ben is responsible for successful communication across the team and keeps our clients happy. He has been involved in nearly every app Citrrus has deployed and has firsthand experience wearing Google Glass..
There is a lot going on in the world of Bitcoin right now. Questions about the major exchange’s solvency, looming regulations, and the curious case of Satoshi Nakamoto. Luckily we’ve brought in an expert, Carter Dougherty, to set things straight for us.
Carter Dougherty is a consumer finance and digital currency reporter for Bloomberg News in Washington, specializing in Bitcoin and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Carter joined Bloomberg in 2010 following five years as a european economic correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times in Franfurt, Germany. While there, he was a member of the team that produced the series “The Reckoning” on the origins and effects of the current economic crisis.
Carter attended Kalamazoo College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The more sophisticated cyber attacks get, the more our tools do to protect us against them. But as always the Human is the weakest link. So join us this week as Rick Sutton teaches us on how to Prevent Cybercrime.
Rick Sutton manages the Weidenhammer Consulting Group, the business consulting division of Weidenhammer Systems Corporation. He has 30 years of leadership experience in business management, including 20 years in strategic planning, information technology, operational improvement, project management, and risk management.
Rick regularly performs technology assessments, developing strategic road maps for companies to improve their IT operations and increase their reliability. Most recently he helped develop the business continuity plan for a regional bank in New Jersey and he developed the IT strategic plan for a distribution consulting firm in Pennsylvania.
With changes to the Net Neutrality rules, what other kinds of changes can we expect? What business deals can we expect now that these rules have been changed? What laws will we see our government try to make in reaction to this ever changing field?
Gary Arlen is President of Arlen Communications, a research and analysis firm specializing in converging media, telecommunications and information services. He has a keen eye for the implications of public policy on such vital services as mobile and wireless technology, new ventures such as the Internet of Things as well as the deployment of electronics devices – all of which will be affected by the upcoming battle to reform the Telecommunications Act that Congress adopted in 1996, at the dawn of the Web era and just before the explosion of smartphone mobile services.
Fred Dawkins is a serial entrepreneur with over 40 years experience and achievements in manufacturing, retail, land development, consulting and import/export. He holds a B Com in commerce and finance and a M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto. Everyday Entrepreneur is the first book in Dawkins’ Entrepreneurial Edge series, and is currently available at all booksellers, including Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble and Chapters Indigo. His novel, 2020 Hindsight, explores major contradictory trends in society in a compelling contemporary fiction narrative, and is forthcoming as an e-book on Amazon.com.
The idea of membership is not new. Churches, social clubs, professional associations, insurance companies and book clubs have long used membership as a means of building loyalty and connection among the people affiliated with their organizations. The membership model makes sense to both to organizations and individuals. Executives and investors like the model because it reduces uncertainty in their revenue streams. When done correctly, memberships appeal to customers too. They appreciate the stability and convenience of the relationship, and are also able to fulfill the human need to belong and to connect with others.
The advent of the consumer internet, social networks and mobile devices have dramatically enhanced the ability of a broad range of industries to rethink their business models, introducing ideas of sharing, subscribing and connecting in surprising new ways. Join Membership guru Robbie Kellman Baxter to explore how companies like Airbnb, RelayRides and Bag, Borrow or Steal as well as blue chips like Netflix, Facebook and Apple are moving from ownership to access and from customer transactions to member relationships.
We’ll dig into the technology behind the apps, industries most affective and opportunities for entrepreneurs to ride this wave into the future. Don’t miss this exciting interview!
Robbie Kellman Baxter is a sought after consultant and speaker with over fifteen years of experience advising fast growth companies in Silicon Valley—from Netflix, Oracle, and Yahoo!, to dozens of successful venture-backed startups. She has been advising businesses with subscription-based business models and driving substantial and consistent results for over a decade. Robbie frequently appears in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronical and CNN.com. An expert on subscriptions, sharing and loyalty, as well as innovative business models in general, Robbie is currently working on a book for McGraw-Hill, entitled The Membership Economy.